Steve Farris - guitar; Steve George - keyboards, vocals; Pat Mastelotto - drums; Richard Page - bass, vocals
Mr. Mister began as a group of top LA studio musicians who had worked on and off together for several years before deciding to form a band themselves. Spearheaded by bassist/ vocalist Richard Page, and keyboardist Steve George, Mr. Mister embraced an earnest, adult contemporary rock sound. Page and George, who had worked and written for artists such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Summer and Kenny Loggins, decided to first form the pop band Pages in 1982. They made two albums and had a few minor hits, but when they added guitarist Steve Farris and drummer Pat Mastelotto, they opted to regroup under the name "Mr. Mister."
The first album, I Wear The Face, released in 1984, received critical raves but yielded no hits. The band almost broke up at that point, when Page was offered the lead vocalist spot in both Toto and Chicago. Luckily for Mr. Mister, he turned both offers down. The group returned to the studio and wrote and recorded Welcome To The Real World. That record would give the band three Top 10 hits: "Kyrie," "Is It Love," and the #1 worldwide hit, "Broken Wings." The success of Welcome To The Real World allowed for the band to tour with the likes of Don Henley, the Eurythmics, and Tina Turner.
This show, recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, features nearly all the material from Welcome To The Real World including the aforementioned hit songs, and other LP favorites such as "Black / White" and "Uniform Of Youth." The band made one more LP, Go On, before falling out of favor with its MTV audience. The members recorded a fourth LP which was never released, and after splitting in 1986, they all returned to work in the studio and as support musicians for the likes of Madonna and Kenny Loggins. Drummer Pat Mastelotto joined the last version of King Crimson, where he remains an active member today.